On October 19, 2021, the head of the Kyiv Patriarchate, Filaret Denisenko, received Bogdan Zgoba, secretary of the vicariate of the UOC-KP in the USA and Canada, at his residence. The arrival of the head of the structure Filaret in the USA and Canada is reported on the official website of the UOC-KP.
Bogdan Zgoba handed over to Filaret documents confirming the official state registration in the United States of the vicariate of the UOC-KP and the Cathedral of St. Nicholas in Philadelphia. It is important that the registration of the vicariate by the US state authorities took place on the basis of decrees from Kiev.
Bohdan Zgoba also conveyed greetings to the head of the UOC-KP from the Ukrainians in the USA and Canada, gave a report on the development of the Kyiv Patriarchate on the American continent and thanked the Primate for his constant attention to the life of the Ukrainians there.
“Father Bogdan, on behalf of the Ukrainian believers in the United States and Canada, expressed the hope that the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Kiev Patriarchate will return its state registration in Ukraine, which it was illegally deprived of during the previous government,” the message says.
Filaret, in turn, once again stressed that the OCU has no right to deal with parishes outside the country.